How to Get Rid of Your Pet Rabbit's Odor

Learn how to get rid of your pet rabbit's odor in this Howcast video featuring bunny lover Amy Sedaris and rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter.

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Rabbits make wonderful pets. If you're thinking of getting one, check out these videos: Actress Amy Sedaris, who is a loving mom to her own pet bunny, helps rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter, Ed.D., LVT answer all your questions about how to take care of a pet rabbit. It's not always easy, but it's worth the work.

 
 

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Rabbits have an odor and if they do how would I get rid of it? Well, rabbits can have an odor. They don't have to but I've had people call me and begged me to take their rabbits off their hands because their house smells bad and I say immediately Yes. Number one, is your rabbit using a litter box? Does your rabbit have a litter box? Number two, is your rabbit neutered? Those are two major ways to reduce any animals odor. Rabbits are very, very clean animals and if you keep them well you will not have an odor in your home. A litter box looks like this, has hay in the bottom of it. The rabbit can sit on the litter box and pee and poop. The material goes right through to the bottom which has a newspaper lining and you don't smell any odors. Really, really nice. When a rabbit becomes sexually mature, there's a different kind of an odor. You're going to find an odor that any animal will emit when they its sexually mature, its ready to breed. So we highly recommend spaying and neutering rabbits when they're about 6 months of age. You can do it a little bit early, you can do it a little bit later but get them spayed and neutered when they're young enough that the surgical risk is negligible and you won't have a rabbit odor problem. I have had multiple rabbits in my apartment for many, many years and nobody comes in and says 'Mmhm'. But you need to stay on top of your cleaning your litter box and you know, other than that there's no odor. Although people have told me my apartment smells like a farm, which is hay. Bills of hay in the apartment but that's a nice smell. So you don't have to have a rabbit odor if you keep your rabbit clean. It's not his fault if he has an odor, it's because you are not doing something that you could do to eliminate that.

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  • Mary E. Cotter

    Mary E. Cotter, M.A., Ed.D., LVT is the founder of the NY-based Rabbit Rescue & Rehab. She serves as chapter manager of the NYC House Rabbit Society and is vice president of the International House Rabbit Society. Involved with rabbit rescue since 1982, she speaks and writes frequently on rabbit-related topics, addressing owners, veterinary professionals and shelter workers. Mary is an adjunct assistant professor in the veterinary technology department of LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York) and co-manages a 7,000-member Internet mailing list focused on rabbit health, care and behavior.